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Reporter Nov 9 2012

Byrne to take post at Brigham and Women’s

Nov. 8, 2012—John G. Byrne, M.D., William S. Stoney Jr. Professor of Cardiac Surgery and chair of the department, is stepping down from his position to become the chief of Cardiac Surgery and the vice president of Surgical Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He becomes the Lawrence H. Cohn Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, effective April 1, 2013.

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Study seeks to ease HIV transmission rates in Nigeria

Nov. 8, 2012—Researchers at the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) have received a major federal grant to study whether an integrated, family-focused approach can prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV — the AIDS virus — in Nigeria.

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VUMC’s Denny lands award from informatics group

Nov. 8, 2012—Joshua Denny, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine and a key contributor to Vanderbilt University’s personalized medicine initiative, is the 2012 recipient of the New Investigator Award from the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

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Study seeks new ways to help teens manage type 1 diabetes

Nov. 8, 2012—Shelagh Mulvaney, Ph.D., assistant professor of Nursing, leads a national team of researchers, engineers and designers that recently landed a $1.8 million federal grant to identify new ways to teach critical problem-solving skills to teenagers with type 1 diabetes using an Internet and mobile phone-based system.

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Disney TV star to headline event to raise funds for cancer research

Nov. 8, 2012—Disney television personality Coco Jones will be the featured performer at this year’s Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins Family Day in Nashville. The annual T.J. Martell Foundation event, which raises funds in support of cancer research at institutions like Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, will be held Sunday, Nov. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Curb Event Center, Belmont University.

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Nobel laureate Sharp to speak at VUMC

Nov. 8, 2012—Nobel laureate Phillip Sharp, Ph.D., will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 15.

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Photo: Making the move

Nov. 8, 2012—Patient Fred Arwood, with his wife, Gail, moves into the new myelosuppression unit, housed on the 10th floor of Vanderbilt University Hospital’s Critical Care Tower. The unit has 34 beds and specializes in stem cell transplants and malignant hematology. For this patient population, which averages a long length of stay, amenities emphasize patient- and family-centered...

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School for Science and Math students honored by Siemens

Nov. 8, 2012—Four seniors in the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV) have been recognized as semifinalists in the national Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.

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Alerts ease surgery for patients with diabetes

Nov. 8, 2012—A monitoring and alert system developed and implemented at Vanderbilt University Medical Center that prompts caregivers to check glucose levels for patients with diabetes while they are undergoing surgery has been found to help improve outcomes such as reduced abnormal glucose values, fewer surgical site infections and reduced hospital readmissions after surgery.

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Events set to bolster lung cancer research

Nov. 8, 2012—More Tennesseans are expected to die this year from lung cancer than any other form of cancer, yet lung cancer research receives far less funding than other forms of the disease.

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Symposium to explore diabetes research at VU

Nov. 8, 2012—“Diabetes at Vanderbilt: From Molecules to People,” a scientific symposium to highlight diabetes research at Vanderbilt, will take place Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Vanderbilt Student Life Center.

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Photo: A good walk

Nov. 8, 2012—Luke Gregory, CEO of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and Kathy Moss, MBA, MSN, R.N., director of Nursing and Clinical Support Services at Children’s Hospital, were among those who took part in Tuesday’s leadership walk across the Vanderbilt campus to promote the importance of physical activity. The walk started at five locations and...

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